What Is Your Leadership Style

Find your leadership style and avoid the fake leadership traps

Balach
Balach
Jul 22, 2020 · 6 min read

Leadership comes in many shapes and forms, sizes, titles or lack thereof, and has a profound impact on whoever and whatever follows. As a founder, I’m most interested in leadership on a day to day basis, with one over-arching goal, that my startup thrives. But first, what exactly do we mean by `Leadership`?

Google defines leadership as “the action of leading a group of people or an organization”, and to lead as “organize and direct”, “be the principal player of a group”, or “set (a process) in motion” among many similar definitions.

In other words, to lead is to “provide direction for action, whether by directly participating in the action, or organizing the actors, or initiating the process.”

Within this context, leadership isn’t just the domain of the designated leader e.g. the CEO, the head of product, and co, but of anyone who isn’t just executing someone else’s orders. And in a startup, that’s every single person involved.

In this article though, I’m focussing on leadership styles for designated leaders, the C-level, the heads of departments, product and engineering managers. Let’s dive right in.

I’ll divide the styles in Good and Bad, and provide some food for thought, so you can see where you yourself fit, and where you might want to start optimizing.

GOOD: Friction remover

BAD: “Figure it out” challenger

GOOD: Communication Facilitator

BAD: “Just do it” task master

GOOD: Hands on collaborator

BAD: “Threaten and Condescend” Bully

GOOD: Teamwork and joy facilitator

BAD: “You can do this” absentee

GOOD: Inspiring visionary

BAD: “It is what it is” Status Quo representative

Having listed the good and bad versions of leadership, it is important to say that we usually fluctuate between the different types, depending on the problem and the people at hand e.g. a hands on engineering leader might become a communication facilitator when cross-domain problems are concerned. The same person might be facilitating teamwork for the engineering team, but go Absent when it comes to career development of the same people.

This to me is the biggest task of a leader: to identify their own patterns of behavior and change, in order to lead effectively in all situations where leadership is expected of them.

Are you a leader? Have you had good or bad leaders? Share your experience in the comments below or find me on twitter ;)

Happy leading!

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Balach

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Balach

Founder of https://epek.app — passionate about products and people, and helping them live meaningfully and well.

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This blog is brought to you by the team behind epek.app. We are designers, software engineers, and product leaders, who truly believe in the power of good software that enables collaboration. epek.app lets you create beautiful and actionable product roadmaps in minutes. Try it ;)

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